Founder + President, GloW-DESIGN

Practitioner, Former Chair of Interiors

THE COLLECTIVE / Parsons School of Design


Shashi Caan is a distinguished thought leader for architectural design internationally. As a practitioner, design futurist, educator and author, her dedication to furthering human betterment through and by design is reflected in her 25-year design career.

She was formerly senior Designer with Gensler and then Design Director and Associate Partner with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, in New York. In 2002, she started and remains a founding partner of her innovatively structured firm, THE COLLECTIVE. Bridging world creativity through collaboration, Shashi Caan is a founding member of GloW-DESIGN (Globally We Design).

She is the 2004 U.S. Designer of the Year, was granted the 2012 Golden Seat Architectural Master Award of China, and in 2013, she was appointed the JDP Design Ambassador to Japan. With her service on numerous industry and professional Board of Directors, she was one of 3, two-term Presidents of the distinguished International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI), a service which furthered the impact of Interior Architecture/ Design across the world. For this work, she was recognized and honored by IFI as a Fellow of the IFI (FoIFI). Continuing to work with IFI, in November 2017, she was appointed IFI’s CEO.

A sought-after public speaker, Shashi Caan participates in design juries, panel discussions, workshops and lectures around the world.

As recognition of her international impact, she has been bestowed honorary fellowships in the UK, Australia, Latin America and the US and conferred an honorary doctorate from the NY School of Interior Design. She is the author of the seminal book, Rethinking Design and Interiors: Human Beings in the Built Environment. This important book has also been translated into Chinese.